Tales from the Trail

It’s official – Obama is the first African-American president

April 3, 2010

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President Barack Obama has done his civic duty and filled out his Census form, and in doing so confirmed that he is, indeed, the first African-American U.S. president.

Obama says Washington vitriol is still a solvable problem

March 30, 2010

President Barack Obama thinks Washington’s political climate of vitriolic partisanship could start to wane over the next few years. Republicans just have to calm down, and Democrats have to stop playing the same silly political games as their opponents.

Who wins on U.S. healthcare reform? Washington’s lobbyists, for starters

March 26, 2010

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While pundits try to figure out whether Republicans or Democrats will benefit most from healthcare reform come November’s congressional elections, what seems mighty clear already is that Washington’s lobbyists are undisputed winners in the epic debate.

Maddow to Brown: Wrong, “I’m not running”

March 26, 2010

Political commentator Rachel Maddow is used to having her say. This time she used a full-page ad in The Boston Globe.

Frum Obamacare to Waterloo: Where do Republicans find themselves?

March 26, 2010

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Have Republicans really met their Waterloo? George W. Bush’s former speech writer David Frum thinks so. And he may have a point, though making it in public has proved costly.

So how’s he doing now? New polls on Obama healthcare

March 24, 2010

The White House (whether its occupant is Obama or Bush) has a tendency to be dismissive of public opinion polls, shrugging them aside as inconsequential to the president’s decision-making and basically to be brushed off like dandruff on a shoulder.

Does Obama’s healthcare victory point to future legislative strategy?

March 23, 2010

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When President Barack Obama signed healthcare reform into law today, was he also endorsing the preferred White House strategy for legislation to come?

Armey says “unreliable” Republicans are Tea Partiers’ only hope

March 15, 2010

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Dick Armey says the Tea Party movement is willing to back Republicans for office, but only if they agree to reform their sinful ways when it comes to fiscal dangers like the budget deficit and the federal debt.

Company dispenses with lobbyists and launches bid for Congressional seat

March 15, 2010

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Murray Hill is running for Congress to rid Washington of lobbyists and weak-kneed politicians once and for all. And there may be no better candidate, for Murray Hill is not a frail human being but a company.

Obama seeks to cast healthcare vote as test of courage

March 11, 2010

Do they have what it takes?

In a new twist, President Barack Obama is trying to turn the tough politics involved in the healthcare reform push into an argument for passing his top domestic priority. OBAMA/